Faculty Research

School of Public Policy faculty engage in scholarly activities including journal publications, policy reports, research symposiums, conferences.

These short bios introduce you to members of our faculty and their areas of interest. To find out more and access a list of publications, click on the link below each faculty profile.

Kora DeBeck is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy, a Research Scientist with the Urban Health Research Initiative (UHRI) at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research/St. Paul's Hospital Foundation-PHCRI Career Scholar. Kora is also a Co-Principal Investigator for a longitudinal cohort study of at-risk youth in Vancouver (ARYS). Her research interests involve informing and evaluating health and policy interventions to reduce health and social harms among vulnerable drug using populations.
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Josh Gordon is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy. He completed his PhD in Political Science at the University of Toronto in 2012 and joined the School in August 2014. His doctoral research focused on the politics of labor market policy and the welfare state in the advanced industrialized democracies. It looked specifically at the postwar role of union movements in the evolution of unemployment benefits and employment protection legislation. His recent research has focused on the Canadian housing market, especially the housing markets in Toronto and Vancouver.
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Dominique M. Gross has been working extensively on labour market and immigration issues in Canada and Europe. Presently, she is focusing on various types of temporary foreign worker programs and their relationship with unemployment and wages. She is also studying the nature of skilled workers movements and the role of policies in affecting them. Another focus of interest is the role of domestic business and labour market policies in determining countries' attractiveness for foreign direct investments.
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Olena Hankivsky, Director of the Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy at Simon Fraser University, is recognized as an international leader in the field of gender and health.  She has published seminal works in the areas of women’s health, gender mainstreaming and intersectionality. Through her affiliation with Columbia University, she recently established a Canada-USA gender and health research group.  She regularly consults with government, including internationally, on gender and diversity analyses in public policy and health reform. In 2008, Dr. Hankivsky was awarded a Research Chair in New Perspectives in Gender and Health by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and a Senior Scholar Career Award by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.  She is currently on leave from the School.
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Canada Research Chair Jonathan Rhys Kesselman's work on tax-prepaid savings accounts laid the foundation for the federal government's introduction of Tax Free Savings Accounts in 2009. His research has influenced the abolition of mandatory retirement in Ontario and BC, contributed to important reforms of Canada's personal income tax, and informed recent debates on income splitting and taxation of couples as well as the harmonized sales tax. In his current research he is assessing consumption-based taxation policies and drafting a monograph on the economic design of income security and social programs.
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Maureen Maloney joined the School of Public Policy as a professor in 2010. Professor Maloney was previously the Chair in Law and Public Policy and Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution at the University of Victoria between 2000-2010. She returned to the University of Victoria following a term as Deputy Minister to the Attorney General (1993 to 2000) and Deputy Attorney General (1997 to 2000) of the Province of British Columbia. Before assuming these positions, Prof. Maloney was the first woman Dean of Law in British Columbia. She has published and lectured extensively. Her current teaching and research interests relate to justice systems, international human rights, and conflict management and resolution.
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Doug McArthur has just completed a multi-year project providing advice and research on treaties, including the Tsawwassen First Nation treaty. He also completed a major review of governance and constitutional developments in Northern Canada, the results of which are contained in a comprehensive book on Canada's north published in 2009 by the IRPP.  He has published extensively over the past three years on Pakistan and Afghanistan and done governance advisory work in these countries. He is also the author of regular posts on policycentre.ca, his web site devoted to public policy and political analysis in Canada.
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School of Public Policy Director Nancy Olewiler is an internationally recognized expert on environmental policy. Her work has focused on economic aspects of climate change and other environmental policies. She has worked with NGOs in Southeast Asia and Latin America to increase capacity in the area of environmental economics policy research and has advised all levels of government on policy development in the areas of carbon pricing, valuation of natural capital, and payment for ecosystem services.
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John Richards is trained as an economist. He holds the Roger Phillips chair in social policy at the C.D. Howe Institute in Toronto. He also directs a "virtual" policy institute at a Bangladesh university (www.iubat.edu/cpr). He has published several books and many articles, primarily on social policy. In recent years he has published articles on Aboriginal education, primary education in low-income developing countries, social assistance, and lone-parent poverty. He is co-editor of Inroads, a (non-refereed) Canadian policy journal.
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Kennedy Stewart was elected Mayor of the City of Vancouver in November 2018. From 2011 to 2018 he served as MP in the Canadian House of Commons for the federal New Democratic Party, representing the electoral district of Burnaby—Douglas.  He has published academic and policy documents in the fields of public participation and municipal governance. Kennedy frequently speaks to local community groups, blogs for the Vancouver Sun and advises the Abu Dhabi government about affordable housing policy.  He is currently on political leave from the School of Public Policy.

Yushu Zhu has a background in human geography and urban studies with a research focus on housing and community issues against the backdrop of urbanization and globalization. Her empirical research examines the spatial and temporal patterns of housing stratification, sense of home, and social relations that constitute urban neighbourhoods. She pays a special attention to communities of immigrants, low-income populations, and ethnic minorities. Her research has appeared n leading peer-reviewed journals, including Urban Studies, Urban Geography, Habitat International, and Environment and Behavior. Yushu teaches courses in housing, urban transformation, public policy, and research methods. 
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